WEATHER REPORT Snow takes toll on regional sport

snowy astroToday replicates recent "normal" winter Saturdays with scores of pitch inspections and subsequent postponements due to inclement weather conditions.

Up until now it's been due to unrelenting rain. Today it's down to the cold snap, the forecast for heavy snow, plummeting temperatures and the knock-on effect for sports teams and their supporters in South Wales and South West England.

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SWSN TEAMSTERS a warming Winter message...

I really should be getting ready to go and cover this afternoon's match but sooo many of you tweeting to me personally this morning it's been hard to break away.

Look all I really want to say is there are many fantastic sports fixtures in South Wales and South West England this afternoon – surely enough for every taste? - whether it's one of the cracking Anglo-Welsh rugby cup ties, a regional league hockey game or an FA Vase third round tie at Larkhall, St Blazey or Bodmin ...

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KEEPING MUMM: EXETER CHIEFS REVEAL LATEST SIGNING

exeter chiefs rugby logoExeter Chiefs have bolstered their pack for the 2012/13 season by confirming the signing of Australian international forward Dean Mumm on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old lock is set to leave Super 15 side New South Wales Waratahs at the end of the season and team up with Chiefs ahead of next term's twin assault on the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup.

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GAME ON! Top regional teams winning rain game...

Of course there will be many clubs and teams trying to beat the inclement weather conditions and play, highlighting the advantage of the introduction of artificial pitches.

Hockey teams are fortunate enough to be on the ball in this area, so check our fixtures guide for games going ahead in South Wales and the West of England.

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MIERES EXTENDS CHIEFS STAY

exeter chiefs crestExeter Chiefs fans will wake up to the welcome news that highly rated Argentinian fly half Ignacio Mieres has penned a new two-year deal to stay at Sandy Park.

The popular 24-year-old’s contract with the peninsula’s top rugby club was due to run-out this summer but Mieres has signed a new contract extension.

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CORNWALL GAIN HOME QUARTER-FINAL ADVANTAGE

cornwall cricket crestCornwall’s cricketers are through to the Minor Counties Knock Out Cup quarter finals following yesterday's thrilling three-wicket win over Hertfordshire at North Mymms.

The quarter final will be played at Truro Cricket Club on Sunday June 17 but Cornwall will not know their opponents until the conclusion of MCCA Trophy group games next weekend.

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TAUNTON VALE CLINCH NATIONAL PROMOTION

investec women's hockey league logoTaunton Vale are on their way back to the national league after clinching the West Clubs Women’s Hockey League title.

Somerset’s top women’s team – who spent a season in the EHL in 2007-08 - have won promotion to the Women’s Conference West.

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